Top El Paso County official fired, then placed on administrative leave

By: Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com

Imad Karaki, El Paso County's longtime executive director of support services, was fired this month, an attorney for Karaki confirmed Friday.

Karaki appealed the Aug. 6 termination and was placed on paid...

Changes may bring more affordable housing to Pikes Peak region

By: STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com

Policy changes modeled after communities across the state and country could help address the Pikes Peak region's lack of affordable and accessible housing, according to a final report released by The Independence...

PTSD sufferers sue Colorado over marijuana decision

By: The Associated Press

DENVER — Colorado's decision not to allow marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder has prompted a lawsuit by PTSD sufferers.

Five PTSD patients filed suit Thursday in Denver District Court. They're...

Video phones to be installed at El Paso County government buildings

By: STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, making a telephone call is not simple.

The task will soon be a little easier. Video phones are being installed, or are planned, across El Paso County facilities...

Colorado Springs brewery, retail complex gets OK; ex-school on track for transformation

By: DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com

Despite last-minute negotiations that prompted substantial changes to the proposal and confusion at the time of the vote, the Colorado Springs Planning Commission agreed on Thursday to rezone an old school building...

El Paso County Republicans want more access to state politicians

By: MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com

Wendy Miller said she knows first-hand how small businesses can get steamrolled at the Colorado Capitol by bigger businesses with high-paid lobbyists who have lawmakers' ears.

"We saved 20 companies from...

Drake gets more time for air quality compliance after state commission ruling

By: BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com

DENVER - Clean air advocates and experts from Colorado Springs on Thursday disputed data that say sulfur dioxide emissions from the Martin Drake Power Plant meet the federal standard.

They implored the state...

EPA downplays dangers of mine spill, but concerns linger

By: The Associated Press

More than two weeks after a mine spill fouled waterways in several Western states, officials expressed concern Thursday over the long-term effects of contaminated river bottoms as the federal agency that triggered...